Aston Villa Signs Striker Darren Bent to a `Record' 4 1/2 Year Contract

Aston Villa signed Sunderland striker Darren Bent to a 4 1/2-year contract as the English Premier League soccer club tries to avoid relegation.

Villa, which is in 17th place in the 20-member league, didn’t give financial details, although the team called the 26- year-old player a “record signing” in a statement today on its website. The Independent reported today that the transfer fee is as much as 24 million pounds ($38 million).

Bent’s contract will last until June 2015. He’ll be available to play against Manchester City this weekend, the team said.

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